Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president

President Russell M. Nelson arrives at a news conference announcing his new leadership in the wake of the death of President Thomas S. Monson Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The 93-year-old former heart surgeon named Tuesday as the new president of the Mormon Church signaled his intention to make few changes in policy regarding the role of women and LGBT issues — two topics that the faith has grappled with in recent years.

Wash. state committee hears testimony on gun control bills

In this Jan. 11, 2018 photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, talks with Rick Wyant, left, supervisor of the forensic firearms unit at the Washington State Patrol crime laboratory in Seattle, as Wyant holds a semi-automatic rifle that has been fitted with a "bump stock" device to make it fire faster. Inslee has called for a ban on so-called bump stocks and a Washington state Legislature Senate committee held a public hearing Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. on several bills related to guns, including measures to prohibit high-capacity magazines and to ban so-called bump stocks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A couple who survived last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas were among those who asked a Senate panel Monday to pass a slate of bills that include a measure to prohibit so-called bump stocks, a trigger modification devices designed to accelerate a firearm’s rate of fire.

Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, James Gleeson, a surveyor with the Washington State Department of Transportation, takes measurements from the shoulder of Interstate 82 to monitor a slow-moving landslide on Rattlesnake Ridge beyond in Union Gap, Wash. Large containers line a road below the ridge, an effort to help block rocks and debris from reaching the highway. The threat has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable – the collapse of the ridge near the interstate highway that experts say should occur sometime from late January or early February. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.

Cherokee Nation honors MLK while dealing with slavery issue

In a photo provided by the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., left, looks over an exhibit about the Cherokee Freeman during a visit to the Martin Luther King Center in Muskogee, Okla., on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Leaders of the Cherokee Nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by welcoming the descendants of slaves into their tribe after years of exclusion. (Courtesy of the Cherokee Nation via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cherokee Nation leaders marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known as Freedmen.

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